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2.0 out of 5 stars Sadly, not much thought went into the packaging, October 20, 2007
This review is from: Harry Potter Hardcover Boxed Set: Books #1-7 (Hardcover)
There's no question that the contents of the books inside this so-called chest are of the highest order. The entire Harry Potter epic was ingenious, brilliant, engaging, and encouraged hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of young readers to read when they might have rather played with their Xbox.

But this is about the packaging, and the packaging is just horrid.

I wasn't expecting something that was as heavy and substantial as, say, a pirate's chest, but I certainly was hoping that the box was more sturdy than a few flaps of cardboard rather cheaply assembled, and easily DISassembled.

I bought this so that I would have a full set of unread hardcovers with the original artwork, for the sake of posterity. In one of the worst marketing decisions I've seen regarding the Harry Potter series, the publishers thought it would be a good idea to include the extras (decals and whatnot - things I'm not interested in) shrink wrapped with the books. To get at them, you have to tear the shrink wrap, and thus compromise the books over time (a long period of time, and admittedly not much would be compromised).

Also, the clasp on the box was cheap plastic. Horrible. I almost broke it when undoing it. Is a metal clasp too much to ask for? Apparently it is.

I'm not completely dissatisfied with the purchase, because the books are phenomenal. I would have purchased a compilation of all seven books at some point, but I wish I had waited until they offered such a product without the sadly and unfortunately shoddy "chest". When I bought this product, I absolutely, 100% was buying the packaging, and the packaging was dismal.
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Initial post: Oct 22, 2007 1:00:15 PM PDT
Now that I see the poor quality of the packaging no way I will buy them. I was seriously considering buying the set especially for what appear high quality packaging. This is fraud. Thanks for telling us buyers

Posted on Oct 25, 2007 8:20:06 PM PDT
Lin Snow says:
These are not marketed as a collector's item. Also, shrink-wrap does very little to protect books over time.

Everyone should remember that these are children's books, and you are simply buying 7 nice hardcover books with a bonus cardboard box. If you want a collector's item that will be worth something, look into getting rare copies instead!

You are buying BOOKS not packaging, everyone!

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 26, 2007 8:13:12 AM PDT
This is the "Book Description":

HARRY POTTER BOXED SET 1-7 includes the seven phenomenal Harry Potter hardcover books by best selling author J. K. Rowling. These books are housed in a collectible trunk-like box with sturdy handles and privacy lock. Bonus decorative stickers are included in each boxed set.

That description uses "collectible" and "sturdy".

Many people (myself included) bought the set of books packaged in this fashion because of the "Book Description". Clearly, the publisher is selling packaging and books.

Posted on Oct 29, 2007 3:42:12 PM PDT
The UK Bloomsbury Adult and Deluxe hardcover sets are items of excellent quality and great additions for the collectors dissapointed by the quality of this Scholastic set.

Posted on Oct 30, 2007 11:09:29 AM PDT
J. Drew says:
The shrink wrap probably is not made of acid free materials, so it would probably make the books deteriorate more quickly over time than just having them in the box.

Posted on Oct 31, 2007 9:11:07 AM PDT
Siu Yuk Wan says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Nov 1, 2007 12:16:09 PM PDT
This isn't Amazon's fault - don't take it out on them. It's the publisher.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 8, 2007 4:16:40 PM PST
J. Hartmann says:
I don't think it is really amazon's fault. They have a wide variety of products and they do not make them themselves. They only sell other people's products on their website. I have bought a lot of products from amazon and have always been satisfied. Of course I am not satisfied with every product that is being offered for purchase on amazon.com's website.

Posted on Nov 18, 2007 9:30:30 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 18, 2007 9:32:14 PM PST
J. Wilson says:
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